As our Congress considers, again, how the nation responds after another mass killing by a gunman, there is this perspective.
When the U.S. Constitution and its amendments, such as the Second, were written more than 200 years ago, the world didn’t have multiple-shot rifles.
The weapon that shot bullets was the musket.
The musket fired one bullet at a time.
Then the musket needed to be re-loaded.
Weaponry has advanced since then, to multiple-shot repeaters, and to fully automatic, and to “bump stock” technology that turns semi-automatics into near-automatics.
There weren’t 50-shot magazines during the American Revolution.